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People v. Sandoval, C055671

In a prosecution for possession of illegal drugs, denial of defendant's motion to suppress drug evidence from a patdown search is reversed where: 1) defendant was searched while sitting outside the entrance of a targeted residential search by a veteran narcotics officer who recognized defendant from previous contacts in drug-related incidents; but 2) prior to the patdown search, the officer had no reason to believe defendant was armed, committing a crime, or had any history of violence.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/23/2008
  • Published 05/23/2008


  • SIMS, Acting P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Law Office of Peggy A. Headley and Peggy A. Headley, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, Truckee, for Defendant and Appellant., Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Michael P. Farrell, Assistant Attorneys General, John G. McLean, and Doris A. Calandra, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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